#FacultyFriday: Meet Katharine Van Arsdale

Katharine Van Arsdale is a Texan-turned-Californian who loves books. This is appropriate, considering her profession: She is one of our team of librarians here at PUC who helps students and other faculty find what they need. Katy adores her two cats, Mochi and Meeka, and has a passion for history. Without further ado, introducing: Katharine Van Arsdale!

Name: Katharine Van Arsdale
Title: Special Collections Librarian
Email: kvanarsdale@puc.edu
Faculty since: 2015

Classes taught: Information literacy sessions for all kinds of cool classes in different departments

Education: B.A. English, Andrews University; MSLS Library & Information Science, Catholic University of America; M.A. History, Catholic University of America

What made you decide to be a librarian?
I’m a special collections librarian at an academic library, which is honestly my dream job. The “special collections” part means I get to work with rare books and archives full of old letters and photographs and diaries. It’s all the coolest stuff in the library. I knew I wanted to do this job when I was a kid and I visited museums. I saw all the interesting objects hidden behind glass and I thought to myself, “I want to be the one who has permission to touch all the historic things.” So that’s what I do now every day, and it’s great. The best part is that I work in an academic library’s collection, which means that I’m making these rare books and fragile photographs available to student researchers. I’m taking the cool exhibits out from behind the glass and sharing history with PUC, and I love that.

What are some of your hobbies?
I’m obsessed with National Parks. My life goal is to visit and hike in every National Park. California is a great state for this, because a lot of the most beautiful parks in the United States are here within driving distance of PUC.

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
I grew up in Texas, and until I was about 10 I spoke with a thick Texan drawl. It’s totally gone now. Well, mostly.

What’s your favorite thing about PUC?
I love the campus. There are trees and flowers everywhere, and the views are always changing as you walk across the campus because it’s hilly. Many of the buildings are historic, and they have very interesting architecture. The campus is also special because it’s close to wilderness and city, mountains and ocean. From PUC, we can go for a hike in the forest preserve, or we can take a day trip to San Francisco. It’s all nearby.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
I love standing on the steps to Irwin Hall when the sun is setting. You get such a gorgeous view of the campus and the sky.

What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book is “The Count of Monte Cristo” because it’s a glorious revenge tale but also a classic book, so you feel very cultured and smart when you finish reading it.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
If you have questions or problems with any stage of research or study, you can text the library. Did you know that? It’s true! We have a Text-a-Librarian number so you can get help even when you can’t come to the library. Try it—the number is (707) 948-6639!

#FacultyFriday: Meet Jason St. Clair

Here’s the latest installment of #FacultyFriday, where we feature a different faculty member each week.

Name: Jason St. Clair
Title: Technical services librarian
Email: jstclair@puc.edu  
Faculty since: July 1, 2017

This year we welcome Jason St. Clair to PUC, where he will be working as the new technical services librarian in the Nelson Memorial Library. He joins us most recently from Andrews University, where he spent the past five years serving as the interlibrary loan assistant and more recently, the head of patron services and interlibrary loan manager. Previously, St. Clair served as the access services assistant and media center technician at the Peterson Memorial Library at Walla Walla University.

Education: M.S. in library & information science, from Drexel University, 2008; B.A. in English, minor in History, from Walla Walla University, 2005

Professional activities“Adulting in the Library: Experiences of Millennials as Library Staff” presentation at 37th Conference of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians, June 25-29, 2017.

What made you decide to be a librarian?
I’m a very curious person and I love being surrounded by so much information and being able to explore different topics on a whim or learning something new as I assist a student in their research.

What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, hiking, mountain biking, Legos, family

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
I can name all of the countries of the world.

What are you looking forward to the most about being at PUC?
The close-knit feeling of the campus community.

So far, what’s been your favorite thing about PUC?
Being surrounded by trees and mountains and nature.

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About the PUC Library

Thanks to the internet, there is one resource college students often forget about – the library. Patrick Benner and Joel Lutes, two of PUC’s librarians, gave us 10 facts about the college’s library, several of which we didn’t even know! The library is doing some pretty neat things to help PUC students do their best while they’re here.

Library 1

1. You can browse over 30,000 journals at library.puc.edu.

2. The PUC Library provides students with access to over 100,000 ebooks.

3. You can select from over four million books, DVDs and CDs through Link+.

4. The Pitcairn Islands Study Center in the library is the world’s largest research collection about the islands. Scholars come from all over the world to do their research here.

Library 2

5. If you don’t have your own computer, don’t worry! There are about 60 public workstations available within the library and the computer lab areas. Printing in the library is also FREE, so if you need somewhere to print your homework, the library is your place.

6. Did you know you can check out a laptop from the library? There are 15 laptops available to students; 2 MacBooks and 13 MacBook Pros. They come with a carrying case and a charger that can be checked out at the same time or separately, and they’re able to be checked out for up to three hours at a time. You can renew them one time/day for another three hours by calling or stopping by the library.

7. There are four group study rooms that can be reserved at library.puc.edu if you need a place to study with friends for that Anatomy test.

Library 3

8. You can find out what was said about your parents in old issues of The Campus Chronicle that are now digitized on the library’s website. You can browse issues as far back as 1924!

9. Research help is available until 9 PM every evening the library is open.

10. If you’re writing a paper in your room and don’t want to change out of your pajamas to go ask a librarian a question for your research paper, get out your phone! You can text a PUC librarian at 707.948.6639, and generally any texts between 7 AM and 11 PM will be seen and answered within minutes.

Library 4